The former business secretary warned people were reluctant to return to work because the leave was “excellent” for them. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions, Dame Andrea said people feared going back to work.
“So there’s this problem, the mental health problem, the fear of it.
“To other people it’s like,” well, being on leave during the lockdown has been great for me – I have a garden, I got to go out for a walk every day, I have good ones. growing vegetables, I don’t really want to go back to work, maybe I’ll think about part-time or take early retirement ”.
The program, which has helped millions overcome the coronavirus pandemic, is able to cover up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they cannot work up to £ 2,500 per month.
However, experts have predicted that there could be a rebound in unemployment when the program ends in September.
Earlier this month, Dan Tomlinson, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: “With about one in six young people still on leave at the end of April, today’s numbers are a stark reminder of the upside risk. unemployment when the leave the scheme ends.
“The government must do everything possible to ensure that these workers find work as quickly as possible. “
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